According to the dictionary Stress is defined as mental emotional strain or tension linked to adverse circumstances. It has roots in different situations (personal struggles, work changes, relationship breakdown, money worries…) and it can feel overwhelming.
Yesterday, 4 November, was National Stress Awareness Day.
Like many people I’ve experienced stress myself, that experience has been useful when coaching people to overcome the impossible stress factors affecting their life. Whatever feels overwhelming today won’t feel that way in a month, or a year.
It always seems impossible. Until it is done.
So here are 3 reasons to take action to combat stress (and 1 step to take today to help move you forward).
First – Unresolved Stress Will Eventually Make You Ill
People aren’t designed to perform under stress in the long term. The rush of adrenaline you get from a stressful situation is meant to give you what you need to get out of the situation (if you face sudden danger – like coming across a bear or two – the surge will give you strength to leap out of harm’s way).
Remaining in fight or flight mode for too long floods your body with stress-related chemicals, meaning you are stuck in alert mode.
You won’t get enough sleep if you can’t lower your stress levels. Your diet will be all over the place, if you are snacking rather than eating nourishing meals and exercising away some of the tension around your shoulders.
You could even end up adding to pressures which contribute to depression.
Second -Stress Has An Impact On Your Relationships With Colleagues
If you struggle on with your burden you will stop being a team player, your Major Stressor will be at the front of your mind all day.
Your skills in making effective plans and paying attention to issues like effective leadership or management will suffer.
You will be tough to live with as well.
Third – Stress Affects Your Goal Of Satisfying Your Customers
Preoccupied and distracted? You will find it harder to meet deadlines and you might compromise quality expectations to simply get the job done.
Worse than that your anxiety levels will rise, leaving you feeling like there is no time to research better alternatives to get the job done.
Step 1 – Recognise Your Stressor And Take Action To Move On
Don’t try to tough the situation out (especially if you are a guy and you think ignoring the problem will be enough to get you through. It won’t)
Pay attention to figuring out what has caused this feeling of overwhelm. What has changed to make your day unmanageable?
Is the change permanent? What would it take to set up boundaries around the issue and call on support to make the situation bearable?
If you don’t want to take action because of the impact on your colleagues and your customers do it for the sake of your own health.
A Free Resource To Help You Move On From Stress
If you want some help to get started tackling your issue I have created a free downloadable resource available via this link – just fill in your name and email address then press the blue button to download the content. Start working through the material and producing better results.